A Hub for Scholarship on Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration


Kristen de Groot, Penn Today

The world is constantly in motion, with hundreds of millions of people moving voluntarily or involuntarily across borders. Race, ethnicity, and legal status – issues central to the work of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) – often dictate who has agency within those borders.

“Our mission is to stimulate research on race, ethnicity, and immigration and to bring together all the disparate actors who study those topics on campus,” says CSERI director and sociologist Chenoa Flippen. “It’s all about connecting the dots.”

The Center, part of the School of Arts & Sciences, does that in two ways: through programming and events; and by funding undergraduate and graduate research with its generous endowment.